It’s no secret that I’ve been getting tons of writing inspiration from the incredibly talented Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith. She’s been so generous with her time in contributing wonderful prompts to the WP community. Starting next week, she plans to cut back on some of that however and focus her blog toward more of her own writing, which I look forward to reading.
There are a lot of prompts around, which is great, but I find that I’m most drawn to the ones that inspire me to write poetry. These are usually pictures or words and phrases. I do enjoy writing the occasional flash fiction, particularly fantasy and sci-fi, or humor, but on the whole, I’d rather write more poetry. And, not to be critical, I don’t feel terribly motivated by the handcuff type requirements… I just want to write what the spirit moves me, without regard to any word count or structure. I like my series of 100-word pieces, but I feel I’m done with that phase of writing (note to self: add tab). Every so often, I’m in the mood to do some haiku.
Anyway, my “prompt week” looks like this:
Saturday: Linda’s SOCS
Sunday: Jim’s Song Lyrics
Monday: Laura’s Music Challenge; The Weekly Smile
Tuesday: Fandango’s Provocative Question
Wednesday: Patricia’s “In Other Words;” Linda’s One-Liner
Of course, things pop up randomly in my feed throughout the week from various sources that I may or may not feel like using as motivation. I sometimes answer lists of questions about myself or relate an event. Be that as it may, I’m thinking that Thursday could be be a good day for me to post something to inspire myself to write a poem or flash piece and why not share?
What if I begin a weekly Thursday prompt to motivate myself along with any others who may feel adrift without a creativity nudge? My idea is to post a picture from a free photo library along with a line from a song. People can do whatever they wish with it… poem, flash fiction, combo prompt, nothing, anything. It’s not about me visiting and commenting, though I will try as time allows, but about creative inspiration.
On a semi-related note, I’ve looked up the two names I like to use online and I see they have not been used as hashtags, as far as I can tell. So, I’m going to start using them, here and there, and it’d be cool if people who play along with the prompt do too. It’s pretty meaningless, but whatever.
I’m going to do a test post tonight after this one goes, but unless someone violently objects, starting next Thursday I’ll have the prompts scheduled at 4:00AM Pacific time, same as I have my alphablog posts, which end Tuesday. 🎉